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What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:49

Spandy - as much compost as you can afford and mix the sharp sand in at the same time.  Spread it and fork it on then level as described above.   The more patient and effective you are now, the less grief later.

Yes, you will definitely need a hose and a sprinkler to water it adequately.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:36

BBC Be on a Show

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:17

It is nigh on impossible to get a lawn level once turf has been laid and started to grow.  As with most things worth doing, preparation is key to success.

Digging in compost will certainly help improve the soil and make for better grass.  After that rake it as evenly as you can then there is a technique of shuffling along with your weight on your heels so you cover and trample the whole surface to compact it and then rake again.

Lay your turf, water well and again if there is no rain until it knits with the soil below.   See this too - http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/maintain-the-garden/how-to-prepare-ground-for-a-new-lawn/

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:07

I like photobucket Chicky.  Easy way to share photos with friends and family and on here if you have more than 2 or 3.   It helps to organise them in a sequence you like in your own folder and then just go and have a cuppa while that uploads to Photobucket.

Here are the Picton Gardens near Malvern last September - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1609%20Picton%20gardens?sort=2&page=1

Just in case Busy gets a chance to visit while she's there for the flower show.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:49

Sounds like frost damage to me.  They can be susceptible to late frosts damaging new foliage and flowers.   It should recover if only the tips have been affected.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:46

Missed that one Chicky.   Not keen on the gaudy tulips but really love the Collector's garden and stumpery. 

Any more pics of Keukenhof this year?

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:43

I agree.  Lysimachia punctata can be a thug and has unattractive - IMHO - yellow flowers.

You can check cultivation info for all of these on the RHS website or just google "plant name+cultivation".

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:40

I suggest you have a good read of the info and advice on this link - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=410  It covers soil preparation as well as laying turf when the site is prepped.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 10:10

Thanks Liri.  I can get the prunus near here in a range of sizes and prices but only betula Jaquemontii and that starts at 35€ for a diddy one!  Prunus it is then.   Maybe a wee grove of the white betulas for my birthday.  Now there's a thought.  Just right for autumn planting too.

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:58

Left plant on bottom photo looks like Solomon's Seal - needs moist soil and dappled shade as it's a woodland plant.  Protection from slugs in early spring too.

The one on the right could be either a hardy geranium - huge variety with different planting needs - or a Japanese anemone.  Grow it on a bit to see how it develops.

Can you post closer pics of each individual plant to make it easier to see detail in the leaves?  Meanwhile, keep them watered but drained and not sitting in puddles and maybe give a feed of liquid tomato food while you decide where to plant them.

Last edited: 11 May 2017 09:58:44

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